California state senator to honor University of California 4-H program in Mexicali

Mar 22, 2018

California State Senator Ben Hueso will honor California and Baja California 4-H with a resolution in the State Senate at 2 p.m. April 2 to recognize the cross-border team that established a 4-H Club in Mexicali, Baja Mexico, in January 2017.

Last year, UC ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston signed a memorandum of understanding with the Baja California Secretary of Agriculture Development, Manuel Vallodolid Seamanduras, to offer UC's 4-H expertise to youth south of the border. The agreement increases the academic, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation that are part of UC President Janet Napolitano's Mexico Initiative.

Senator Hueso's resolution attests to the value of building relationships as a means of cooperative engagement between Mexico and California on shared concerns, such as drought and global climate change. The resolution notes that the creation of a 4-H Club in Mexicali is an inspiring reminder that the need for education doesn't stop at the border. 

Senator Hueso represents the 40th District, which includes parts of San Diego County and all of Imperial County, running along the entire border between California and Mexico.


Resolution honoring the establishment of a 4-H Club in Mexicali, Baja Mexico.


California State Senate
Senate Chambers
Sacramento, CA 95814


2 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2018


Manuel Vallodolid Seamaduras, Secretary of Agriculture Development in the State of Baja California, Mexico (Secretaría de Desarrollo Agropecuario del Estado de México - SEDAGRO)

Hortencia Medellin Acosta, Director of Rural Entrepreneurship, Mexicali, Baja California

Carlos Orozco Riesgo
Member of the UC ANR 4-H Multicultural and Community Engagement Advisory Committee
Former Undersecretary of SEDAGRO

Belem Avendaño Ruiz
Director of Inspection, health and safety SEDAGRO

Guillermo Gonzalez Rubio
Director, Livestock health department SEDAGRO

Agustin Manuel Velazquez Bustamante
Legal Advisor SEDAGRO

Mark Bell, Ph.D., Vice provost, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

Shannon Horrillo, Ph.D., 4-H Youth Development statewide director

Lupita Fabregas, Ph.D., 4-H Youth Development assistant director for diversity and expansion

Claudia Diaz Carrasco, 4-H Youth Development advisor, Riverside & San Bernardino, Calif.


(English) Jeannette Warnert, UC ANR Strategic Communications, (559) 240-9850,

(Spanish) Ricardo Vela, UC News and Information Outreach in Spanish, (951) 660-9887,

By Jeannette E. Warnert
Author - Communications Specialist